Marijke Unger flies Pilots ‘n Paws flight

From Marijke Unger who flies her 1976 Citabria, 7KCAB out of (KLMO), Longmont, Colorado.

Marijke with Pilots 'n' Paws rescue dogs Doc Holliday and Virgil Earp

Today I flew my first mission for Pilots ‘n’ Paws, an organization of volunteer pilots and transport coordinators dedicated to moving rescued pets to their new homes. It was an amazing experience.

About to depart for the final leg of Doc and Virgil's long journey from Texas to Wyoming


Crossing the Divide

My two charges, Doc Holliday and Virgil Earp, were headed from a kill shelter in Texas to their new home in Pinedale, Wyoming, to be united with Christine and her blue heeler, Wyatt Earp. The family is complete, and it was immensely rewarding to see big smiles and madly wagging tails at our destination.

Pups safely loaded up

I’d like to thank a number of people who were instrumental in making this happen, and who helped make my first PNP flight a safe and successful one: Eric Menchen for helping host two pups and their transport coordinator overnight, for his patience, and for handling food and logistics. Doedo Schipper for many hours spent helping to reconfigure the plane and install crates, as well as supplying parts, crates, and extra hands, and for asking all the right questions to make sure I knew what I was doing. Air West Flight Center, and in particular David King and Larry Kuebrich for expertise, advice, parts, crates, moral support, and a sectional chart. D.J. Molny for his quick response and crate loan. And to everyone who wished me well and kept fingers crossed for good weather. THANK YOU!!!

Virgil and Doc were thrilled to meet their new mom, Christine.


It was a great experience, and very rewarding.

Marijke Unger

  • JC
    Posted at 14:59h, 09 April Reply

    Marijke this is such an awesome story! I’m very glad Pinedale and Sublette County could welcome two awesome new residents!!

    Take Care & Keep Flying,

  • Steve K.
    Posted at 10:46h, 02 April Reply

    Congratulations Marijke on becoming a Pilots ‘n’ Paws rescue angel. No “higher” use of a pilots skills and her aircraft than saving lives and creating new happy families and fresh starts.
    Doc and Virgil will live out their lives in a loving home thanks to you and your friends good work. The photos are great a really tell the story of how important these flights are.
    Best wishes for future rescue flights and the happiest of landings for you and your grateful passengers.

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